There are a big cast & lots of characters in the Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them franchise, so sometimes you need a reminder of who"s who.
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The most recent dive into the world of Harry Potter has taken us back into the past of the franchise, ever since 2016. The Fantastic Beasts and Where lớn Find Them movies take place before the original Harry Potter events happen, giving us a view of the wizarding world in the 1920s and 30s and setting up the story Harry Potter only hints on between Dumbledore và his friend, Grindelwald. However, neither of them are the main character — the story actually follows Newt Scamander, the tác giả of the book Fantastic Beasts và Where khổng lồ Find Them as he writes and publishes his book and gets pulled along into the conflict.
When the first Fantastic Beast & Where khổng lồ Find Them movie was released, it introduced us lớn the world và all of its problems, giving us the setting for what was planned lớn be a five movie series. The second movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, brought more of the plot of the series, showing us more of Grindelwald and why he is the villain of the story, as well as bringing other important characters into the mix.
However, after the most recent installment in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, it seems the franchise is beginning khổng lồ fall off. As the cast & crew continue to lớn drum up issues and controversies, there’s a chance the series could be cut short. There is no official confirmation though, so if you’d like a refresher lớn remember who is who, or you’d lượt thích to give the series a shot yourself, everything you need to lớn know about the cast and characters is right here.
The main character of the series, Newt Scamander is played by Eddie Redmayne. You’ll not often find him without his signature blue jacket or his magical briefcase that has an entire room hidden inside so that he can travel with some of his magical creatures. He has been traveling the world to study these creatures & write a book on their proper care, hoping lớn help people understand them better and stop the needless killing.
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He’s trying to lớn return one of the creatures to the wilds where they belong in the first movie, but gets wrapped up in thành phố new york when some of his creatures escape, needing lớn find them for himself and for the muggles, or no-maj, in the city. Despite how closed off và secretive he seems at first, he easily befriends the others, meaning it was easy for him to get wrapped up in the bigger issue of Grindelwald to lớn help them out.
Jacob Kowalski is an interesting character for the group, as he is a no-maj himself. Played by Dan Fogler, Jacob first meets Newt when they run into each other in a bank while he was trying to get money to xuất hiện a bakery. Not only does Jacob escape from Newt before his memories of the magic can be erased, making him a threat to the wizarding world, but he accidentally picks up Newt's suitcase instead of his own, making him the reason the creatures escaped in the first place. He gets swept up into the group as he has khổng lồ be treated for a bite, & joins them for the adventure. He begins to fall in love with Queenie, & despite the attempt khổng lồ wipe his memories at the end, the magic didn’t work properly, so he is able lớn return to lớn the adventure in the subsequent movies as he chases after Queenie.
The first wizard Newt runs into in thủ đô new york is Tina Goldstien, played by Katherine Waterston. She is Queenie’s sister, & works for the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA). After an incident with the Second Salemers, she was demoted from her auror position, but can’t help herself & still tries khổng lồ bring justice khổng lồ those who are doing wrong. Though she initially mistakes Newt as the reason thủ đô new york is having problems, she quickly helps him instead after the mistake of not trusting him nearly costs Queenie her life. The two grow close & develop a lãng mạn attraction that gets tested many times as they both get swept up into the fight against Grindelwald.
Queenie Goldstein works for MACUSA like her sister Tina, but in a more secretary-like position. Played by Alison Sudol, her most chất lượng trait is the special skill she has that lets her read minds without having khổng lồ use magic. She seems used khổng lồ slipping into the shadows under the light of everyone else, but when Jacob takes a special interest in her, she quickly becomes infatuated. Unfortunately, America isn’t very keen on witches and wizards having relationships with no-maj’s, so despite the fact that they like each other a lot, Jacob seems to lớn know they can never be together, while Queenie is desperate to lớn find a way to lớn get around the law so that they can be together.
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Credence Barebone is played by Ezra Miller, & takes on a surprising role in the story. At first, it seems Credence is nothing more than one of the Second Salemers, but as the story progresses, it becomes clear that he is integral lớn the plot. Because he was raised by a mother who believes witchcraft is the worst thing in the world, the powers he grew up with were suppressed & became an obscurus — a dark and destructive parasitic entity. Most children who developed an obscurus died young, so Credence was a rare exception và a far more powerful force.
As Tina và Newt try to calm Credence down lớn help him out, Grindelwald believes having him on his side is the key khổng lồ taking control of the wizarding world, và the clash of the two sends him down a path of his own lớn find his real family và discover who he really is. Unfortunately, Ezra Miller's recent problems have put the future of Fantastic Beasts, or at least Miller's character, in question.
Gellert Grindelwald has been played by two actors: Johnny Depp, & after he was replaced due lớn the scandals around him, Mads Mikkelsen. Even then, in the first movie Grindelwald was pretending khổng lồ be Percival Graves, a very important MACUSA figure, in order to find the obscurus, so there he was played by Colin Farrell. Grindelwald is, essentially, this time period’s Voldemort. He wants khổng lồ take over the wizarding world và make changes those in charge refuse to, but he plans to take over by any and all means necessary, including violence.
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As one of the greatest wizards of the time, very few can compete against him, so it makes him that much more dangerous. Though his attempts to gain Credence’s trust are questionable, he has a clear reason for it, as he believes Credence is the only one who can kill Dumbledore, the greatest threat khổng lồ his cause.
Theseus Scamander, played by Callum Turner, doesn’t show up until the second movie, though he is briefly mentioned in the first. He is Newt’s older brother, và often overshadows Newt with his achievements. He is considered a war nhân vật due khổng lồ his contributions during the first world war, and is head auror for the Ministry of Magic. He even became engaged khổng lồ Leta Lestrange, who was Newt’s school crush. Their relationship is tense when they first meet because of this, & it’s clear that, though they are siblings, they rarely see eye lớn eye. However, over the course of the movie, as they try to lớn reach the same goal, they quickly prove that their innately loving family bonds are still strong as they fight at each other’s side.
If you’ve seen the other Harry Potter movies, then Albus Dumbledore needs no introduction. Played here by Jude Law, Dumbledore has only recently begun khổng lồ teach at Hogwarts at the time, and though Newt was expelled, he keeps in close liên hệ with him. Dumbledore is seen as one of the few people who can go up against Grindelwald, but they can’t actually harm each other. They used khổng lồ be friends, and as such made a magical blood pact that they would never harm each other. Dumbledore uses Newt to lớn go after Grindelwald in his place, being as vague as ever but hoping to send him in the right direction & indirectly give him all the help he needs to lớn fight.